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Sports: Lauren Leo named Hofstra University’s director of tennis

Lauren LeoNext stop, Hofstra University.

Lauren Leo, the former Advance All Star tennis player out of Notre Dame Academy, has accepted the position of director of tennis, Hofstra University vice president and director of athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway announced.

“Lauren Leo is a proven winner,” said Hathaway. “She did an outstanding job at Adelphi (University) working with the men and women’s teams. In addition, her experience as a tennis professional and with the USTA will further benefit our student-athletes and program. Her strong commitment to academics will compliment her coaching talents as she leads the Pride to success in the years to come.”

“I am very honored and excited to have been selected as the director of tennis at Hofstra University,” said Leo.

“My thanks are extended to Mr. Hathaway and the Hofstra family for providing me with this opportunity to lead both the men and women’s tennis programs. As the director of tennis, I am fully committed to building an outstanding tennis program that will be the ‘Pride’ of Hofstra.”

Leo comes to Hofstra after serving as the head coach of men and women’s tennis at Adelphi since May 2011.

In her first season at the Garden City, L.I. school, she led the women’s team — with former NDA standout Gaby Adia playing as a sophomore — to a 17-6 record, a six seed in the 2012 NCAA Division II championship and a share of the regular season Northeast-10 Conference title. Ex-St. Peter’s star Ryan Villaruel played on her 7-4 Northeast Conference men’s squad last spring.

Prior to assuming head coaching responsibilities at Adelphi, Leo served as an assistant coach for the Panthers for two seasons. In that time she helped Adelphi’s women’s team to back-to-back NCAA regional appearances in 2010 and 2011 and had a hand in guiding the men to a 2010 NCAA Regional.

The 2002 Gator grad began her collegiate coaching career as head coach of the Hunter College women’s tennis program from November 2008 through August 2009.

A three-time Big East All-Academic selection while at St. John’s University, she has served as a USTA/Eastern national coach since June 2005. Leo also serves as a tennis professional at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills and Point Set Indoor Racket Club in Oceanside, L.I.

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